Girls + puberty = periods, changes to physical appearance – the list goes on. But what happens to boys?
Good question. Before we dive into what exactly goes on during their teenage years, make sure you have a pretty good idea of male anatomy – that is, the penis and the testes. If you think that you need to brush up on your anatomical knowledge, check out this post on the structure of penis and testes. It’s got everything you need.
So if you already know what’s what, let’s move onto: boys + puberty = ???
It depends on the individual but usually the effects of puberty will start at around 11-13 years of age (similar to girls). Some boys will experience it at a younger age or little later. If you or a friend is worried about when puberty will begin, just have a chat with your doctor.
There’s a few signs of puberty starting for boys. Here’s a break down of what usually happens to boys:
1. Wet dreams
This is a slang term for a sexual dream in which the dreamer ejaculates (releases fluid from the penis) during their sleep. This is completely normal and uncontrollable. As boys get older this usually goes away or occurs less frequently.
2. Hair growth
Hair will begin to grow around this time, particularly around the pubic area (‘pubic’ refers to the area around the penis and balls). Hair will usually start to grow on the space above the penis below the abdomen, on their testicles (otherwise known as balls) and maybe near the bum hole (hehe…bum). Hair won’t grow on the penis shaft itself.
3. Genitals get bigger
During puberty, boys will experience an enlargement of their penis and testes, which is one of the main indicators that puberty is taking place.
4. Sudden erections
Sometimes boys will experience erections which can happen quite randomly. While this might seem embarrassing, it’s completely normal and will usually go away in a few minutes.
5. Pimples & body odour
Because of all the hormone changes going on during puberty, skin can become more oily which can lead to pimples. Hormones are also responsible for changes to body odour but as long as boys shower frequently and use deodorant the B.O factor won’t be too much of an issue.
6. Voice changes
Boy’s voices will get deeper, because they will begin to develop an Adam’s apple.
7. More hair!
Yes indeed, but this time it may appear on their chin, underarms, forearms and legs. When they reach full maturity hair may grow thicker all over.
8. Growing all over
Boys will begin to grow taller and gain weight each year during puberty. All this growing can make them pretty hungry, just like girls – which is why it’s better to eat lots of fruit and veggies, not fried stuff. Growing teenagers need all the vitamins and minerals they can get.
Some boys may also experience some breast growth. This is really normal, but if you or a friend is feeling worried, talk to a doctor.